Category Archives: Historical Insight

Outlander covers a wide range of genres, historical ficiton being one of them. Reading the historical aspects of the story lead us to find out more about the history behind the Outlander story.

History and Outlander – A Perfect Match For Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February.  As we observe this holiday, Sass3 wanted to take a step back in time to remember the story of how this holiday began and, of course, find our link back to Outlander.  This blog will be filled with history and fun facts.  Come take a look and test your knowledge of our American history and Outlander! Continue reading History and Outlander – A Perfect Match For Presidents’ Day

A Voyage to the Past at Green Dragon Tavern and Museum

“America,” I said softly. “The New World.” The pulse beneath my fingers had quickened, echoing my own.  A new world.  Refuge. Freedom.

~Claire Fraser

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 63

History – it’s all around us.  While in school we may not have fully appreciated it, but, as adults, we can see the importance of it, and even come to enjoy it.

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Escape to the Scottish Highlands through Art and Photography

Sass3 has always felt that Outlander is more than just a book or television series.  This epic love story resonates within our soul, always leaving us with a desire for more.  We love that it has led to new friendships, adventures, and, most of all, the shared dream of traveling to Jamie’s Scottish Highlands.

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Swords from the Past

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My father loved history.  He grew up in a very rural town in southern New Mexico.  He often told me that books were his way to escape his surroundings during his childhood and adolescent years. Through reading and travel, he learned about various points of European history that would equal the knowledge of a true historian. He often took me on his travels throughout the world where we could see living remnants of history that I had read in my school texts. We would also explore antique stores to admire remarkable pieces of furnishings, art, and other collectibles. This exploration of novelty antiques led my father to make some very rare purchases. Some of my favorite pieces of his collection  were his replicas of Celtic and Spanish swords, even a breastplate.

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J&C Hike Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Our Jamie and Claire Funko Pop! figures tend to go a lot of places with us, particularly on our My Peak Challenge (MPC) hikes.

On this serene day, which happened to be Sam Heughan‘s birthday,  a group of “Peakers” decided to hike to the waterfall at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. This oasis is centrally located to the 5, 805 and 15 freeways right near Mira Mesa, California.

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Outlander Herbal Event at the FIDM Museum Shop

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The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum Store (FIDM) had an event entitled “A Morning in the Apothecary.”  At the event, there was a guest alchemist that spoke about the general medicinal usage of herbs within 18th century apothecaries.   We couldn’t wait to attend this event and learn more about this topic.  With trivia, giveaways, treats, and Master Raymond’s embroidered jacket being close at hand, we knew this would be an event to remember!

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Timeless Poems

The Outlander series is special and irreplaceable. In my eyes, there is nothing like it. Each person internalizes the story differently.  For me, it not only provided an addicting escape I would anxiously look forward to, but it also allowed me to expand my circle of friends with others who share the same passion and to travel to places I may not have previously gone.

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Outlandish Uses for Lavender

The trembing did begin to ease within a minute or two, and Jamie opened his eyes with a sigh.

“I’m all right,” he said. “Claire, I’m all right, now.  But for God’s sake, get rid of that stink!”

It was only then that I consciously noticed the scent in the room – a light, spicy floral smell, so common a perfume that I had thought nothing of it.  Lavender.  A scent for soaps and toilet waters.  I had last smelled it in the dungeons of Wentworth Prison, where it anointed the linen or the person of Captain Jonathan Randall.

Outlander, Chapter 38, The Abbey

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Some of the most profound scenes in the Outlander book and television series can be associated with lavender.  Black Jack Randall was a character centered in each of these scenes.  He was a character that was brilliantly portrayed by Tobias Menzies.  He described Black Jack Randall as “someone with absolute self-belief, arrogance, and feeling of indestructibility.”  These attributes were painfully seen in the episodes at Wentworth prison.  The use of lavender left such a permanent emotional memory for Jamie that it was difficult to read, let alone watch.  Continue reading Outlandish Uses for Lavender

Whisky Galore U.S. Premiere

Outlander involves time travel…and whisky.  With Whisky Galore one can time travel back to a time when the war-rationed whisky supply on a small island was depleted in the early 1940s and a ship containing thousands of bottles of whisky crashed off the coast.

The St. Andrew’s Society of Los Angeles hosted the U.S. premiere of the modern remake of Whisky Galore at the Writers Guild Theater.  The original movie, released in 1949, was based on the 1947 novel by Compton Mackenzie.  The novel was based on the real-life events on the island of Eriskay where off the the coast the SS Politician sunk. The residents of the island seized the ship-wrecked treasure of “The Water of Life.”

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On the High Seas with Voyager

“That’s verra strong-smelling stuff, Sassenach, ” Jaime observed, during one of his brief visits to the taproom. “What is it?”

“Fresh ginger, ” I answered, holding up the remains of the root I was grating.  “It’s the thing most of my herbals say is the best for nausea.”

“Oh, aye?”  He picked up the bowl, sniffed at the contents, and sneezed explosively, to the vast amusement of the onlookers.  I snatched back the bowl before he could spill it.

“You don’t take it like snuff,” I said.  “You drink it in tea.  And I hope to heaven it works, because if it doesn’t, we’ll be scooping you out of the bilges, if bilges are what I think they are.”

Voyager.  We Set Sail, Chapter 41, page 632.

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Season 3 of Outlander will be epic.  It will be an adaption of Voyager, the third book in the Diana Gabaldon book series.  Voyager is one of my favorite books and I am not ashamed to say that I am on my fourth reread.  As I patiently await Season 3, I have found another perfect escape to relive the adventures of Jaime and Claire on the high seas.  The San Diego Maritime Museum is the perfect place to experience and learn about the ships used in the 18th century. Continue reading On the High Seas with Voyager